White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures Ltd is a locally-rooted social enterprise developer. We transform difficult and derelict buildings into capped-rent homes and workspaces. We create affordable space for living, working, wellbeing, learning, leisure and community action.
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Rock House, our first project is a showcase scheme blending living, working and community space for both local people and newcomers to Hastings. The space fosters creative enterprise, has generated jobs and self-employment, and is continually contributing to the changing image and reality of Hastings as a place to visit, live and work.
The Observer Building
Left rotting for the past 35 years, we bought the Observer Building in February 2019 and started full reconstruction works in March 2021. For more information on what our plans are, please see the OB Website.
We acquired Eagle House in March 2021 for many reasons – to stop it becoming vacant, to improve it from an eyesore to a building that contributes positively, and to develop some completely new town centre uses. These include an Open Living Room to relax, share, laugh and look out for each other and a co-living housing solution for people ready for independent living but wanting to be part of a supportive community.
The Alley Pocket Park & Harpers Caves
The Pocket Park is built on land owned by WRNV and offers a little tranquility at the end of The Alley. It was designed by Gary Baverstock and built by French N Dawson with help from Rock House residents Peter and Bob.
The Caves are a collection of 5 sandstone caves previously owned by John Harper which are currently empty awaiting redevelopment. They will be ready for use by April 2021.
10 Claremont is a former taxi office we are converting back to retail on the Ground Floor and studios in the basement. Work has already started and it will be ready for letting May 2021.
We also work closely with other affiliated organisations in an experimental alliance, as part of an ‘ecosystem’ of connected buildings and tenants, whose growing portfolio further includes Rose Cottage, 39 Cambridge Road and 12 Claremont.